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Community

Methodist Church to host blood drive June 27 at Family Life Center

 SOLON– Solon will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. To make an appointment to donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 682 to locate the drive.

Shueyville to host blood drive July 23

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Shueyville Community Center inside the gym.
To make an appointment to donate, please contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

The high cost of living

Solon eighth graders learn how to balance their personal budgets at financial literacy event

SOLON– It’s never too early to learn how to budget, save, and plan accordingly for the future.

Fine tuning ICCSD’s budget

School board looks at ways to reduce operational costs

Iowa City– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) released its third quarter budget report at the district’s May 26 school board meeting.
Overall, the district budget is where it should be, according to Chief Financial Officer Craig Hansel. Board members worried, however, about how ICCSD stacked up against other similar-sized districts in several cost categories, including support staff and operational costs.

Well and good at CCA

TIFFIN– It was a healthy way to wrap up the school year.

Should it stay or should it go?

CCA parents, constituents argue for and against keeping softball complex in town of Oxford

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board fielded comments about its softball diamond at a regular meeting last Wednesday, but Superintendent Tim Kuehl made it clear: there is no money in the district’s budget for a new sports complex.

Liberty’s Gate in NL to expand

More rental housing to be built on NL’s west side

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has approved another group of rental housing and commercial buildings to be built on the city’s west side.
Liberty’s Gate development is near the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Madison Avenue, an area already peppered with commercial and residential development. The development group is preparing to add another commercial building and a single 28-plex residential building with two 8-stall garages in 3.26 acres on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Legion to host Red White and Bluegrass Festival Friday, July 3

NORTH LIBERTY­­– The North Liberty American Legion Post No. 1976 will host its fifth annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival on Friday, July 3, at American Legion Post 1976, 2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd., North Liberty. The festival will feature music by Going Up Caney, Frank F. Sidney’s Western Bandit Volunteers, Slew Grass, Cedar County Cobras and the Dirty River Ramblers. Music begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight. Adult admission is $10, and kids 14 years and under enter free. The post’s annual flag retirement ceremony will be held at 9:30 p.m., followed by a free fireworks display.

Watch fireworks over Lake Macbride July 4

SOLON– The public is invited to see the fireworks over Lake Macbride on Saturday, July 4, with the show beginning at dusk. Rain date is July 5.
Public support for the event is greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to Mark Ramsey at 1598 Spartan Ct. NE, Solon, IA 52333. Checks should be made payable to Fireworks Fund. This is a Cottage Reserve-sponsored night. The Solon Beef Days Committee has provided assistance with expenses.

North Liberty residents invited to Hawkeye game Sept. 5

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Athletic Department will host North Liberty Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 5, when the Iowa football team entertains Illinois State in its 2015 season opener.
Any member of the North Liberty community can purchase an unlimited number of $40 group rate adult tickets and $25 youth tickets. The single game ticket price is $55 per seat. 

You are going to want this T-shirt

Thanksgiving in July food drive, Turkey Trot 10k/5k/1 mile event to be July 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its third annual Thanksgiving in July and Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races/Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 11, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with a community wide food drive to provide food assistance to the hungry. The chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park located at 1565 St. Andrews Drive.

NLFD answering the call

This is the first installment of a three-part series on the ways the North Liberty Fire Department– a volunteer unit with only three paid positions– continues to meet the challenges of protecting an ever-growing community.

NORTH LIBERTY— As of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) had responded to 333 alarms. Assistant Chief William Schmooke expects plenty more.
“We’re going to push over 1,000 calls this year,” he said, up from 983 last year.